Your third year will be able to acquire 30 ECTS (half a year’s studying) through electives. You can choose to deepen or broaden the knowledge you already have by choosing our Technical Computer Science electives: Programming principles and Wireless & Mobile. You can also chose to gain further knowledge in another field of study. Examples include modules from relevant programmes, such as Business Information, Industrial Engineering and Management or Applied Mathematics. You can also use this period to study abroad.

During the second half of the third year, you will focus on working on your Bachelor's report and design project. These are the closing pieces of your Bachelor's programme.

Module 9: Smart spaces elective

The purpose of this module is to learn to design and evaluate intelligent systems. For example, systems that make sure spaces are automatically lit, heated and secured. The purpose of such systems is to make our lives easier, safer and healthier. In this module you will learn, among other things, about sensor networks, artificial intelligence and Game Theory.

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Module 10: Elective


Cyber-physical systems are systems that have a ‘physical’ component on the one hand and a computational component on the other. Think, for example, of electricity networks or water systems. Increasingly, these systems are being controlled by computers. This raises all sorts of new possibilities for improving their performance, but it also means that are becoming more and more susceptible to attacks and abuse. These types of systems are unbelievably complex, and at the same time society is highly dependent on them. This is why we will spend during this module on getting familiar with methods and techniques for making these systems secure and reliable.

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In today’s world, people and organizations are linked through social networks, communication networks, financial networks and networks where news, music, videos, photos and opinions are shared. In the Web Science module we study the global structure of these networks, how information spreads through these networks and how our behaviour is affected by these networks. You will learn more about the overall structure of the World Wide Web and how to analyse this structure; you will learn how a network’s structure can influence herd behaviour in humans and why some internet companies are able to conquer an entire market; you will learn how Google auctions off advertisements on a web page while it is being downloaded and why fully democratic elections are impossible. You will study all these aspects and more in practice by applying your knowledge to data from sources such as YouTube, Facebook and other social networks.

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Modules 11 & 12: Final semester

During your final semester – the second half of your third year – you will complete the last two modules. During module 11, the Design Project, you and your project team will work on an IT problem. Both the University of Twente and existing IT businesses can provide the assignments. So you will be working on a real-life problem.

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In module 12, the Bachelor report project, you will present your own scientific research project at the Twente Student Conference on IT. This conference simulates a real scientific conference. Some of our students’ research projects presented here are so good that they get published in internationally recognized scientific journals. So the conference is a learning opportunity and an exciting way of finishing off your Bachelor's programme.

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After the bachelor

After all of this, you will have a Bachelor's degree in your pocket. Discover what you can do after your studies.

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